Plenty of surprises are in store for pirates of all ages at the third annual Pirates of the Pacific Festival scheduled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Port of Brookings-Harbor.
This year organizers decided to build Port Tsunami Village on the kite field. It will be "a mini-city dedicated to the pirate in all of us," said Mike Moran, one of the festival organizers.
There will be re-enacting groups complete with sword play, pirate antics and, of course, cannon fire. The festival will also have bounce houses, a dunk tank and other entertainment geared for children, including face painting, games and other activities with Dori Blodgett and the group from Brookings Harbor Community Theater.
South Coast Fitness Center will be on board as usual with its members displaying their talents using whips, along with swordplay and close-range knife techniques. The center will also offer a hands-on for parents and children utilizing "soft" swords.
Merchants will be selling their wares and food vendors taking care of appetites.
Music will be performed on two stages, including reggae and Celtic music, as well as the belly-dance troupe Tribal Waters.
Two beer gardens will be operating, and this year, along with the Chetco Pelican Players, there will also be Oberon's Traveling Tavern serving libations.
"I would also like to point out that each year we invite local groups and nonprofit organizations to work our bounce houses, dunk tank and all our other booths for which they receive half of the profits," Moran said.
This year the BHHS Football Team, South Coast Humane Society, Pennies for Pooches, the Soccer Club, Harbor Fire Department, the Tsunami Sirens, Chetco Playhouse, Star of the Sea youth group and the local Food Bank will be participating.
Because of the cannon and gun fire that happens during the day, no animals will be allowed to the festival.
Admission is $5 for adults and its $1 for children. Children who bring non-perishable food for the Food Bank will be admitted free. All children 5 and younger are admitted free.
Festival times are noon to 9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.